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“Lunchroom–restaurant review–Ft. Lauderdale   Leave a comment

Lunchroom Restaurant

l  One of the ‘Be Nice’ restaurant group that also run Coconuts, Top Hot Deli, Red Cow, Foxy Brown and Brown Dog Eating.


We have passed and seen this place many times as it is on the south end of Allen’s primary doctor’s office strip businesses. I have also read some good reviews and considering I goofed trying to find Billy Jack’s Shack—don’t ask—we decided to try this place.

It is a fast casual restaurant meaning you order and pay for your meal at the counter and they serve the meal to you. Now I may be a little ‘picky’ here but a ‘club’ sandwich is defined as having 3 slices of bread and though the Turkey Club ($10) I ordered was made on a tasty roll I still wouldn’t call it a club!

Allen had the Meatball Hoagie (($9) and though he praised the meatballs and sauce he had a problem with the ‘Hoagie’ part. He couldn’t eat it as a hoagie nor did he have an easy time slicing the bread with a serrated knife or pulling it apart.

He had a fountain soda ($2) while I had a large coffee ($3) and the check with tax and tip came to $30.

All the crew was pleasant and with the exception of a very noisy smoothie machine disrupting the place the Lunch Room was ‘oaky’ but nothing special.

Oh yes, Allen ‘snuck’/bought a pastry when we were leaving and all he had to say was that he felt his fingers were filled with sugar!


New York Marina Deli–restaurant review   1 comment

New York Marina Deli

This is a combination of 2 visits. We returned yesterday with a 15% off coupon on Thursdays. This time Allen and I split a corned beef sandwich and a pastrami sandwich. He had a side of potato salad which he really liked and I had a side of coleslaw which is on the dry side. With his diet cola (I am on water—trying to ‘cold turkey’ diet coke) and tax minus the 15% our check came to $21.38.

Between the New York Marina Deli, the Pomperdale and the Top Hat the only I wouldn’t return to is Top Hat for what you may think of as a silly reason but I thought it was a very simple, easy to do request. I ordered a combination pastrami & corned beef sandwich and I was told I would have to order one of each!

Earlier visit

I use to come here when the original owner ran it and a couple of times after he died and his wife took over. The last I heard it had closed but it seems she just sold it to new owners. I became aware it was still open after seeing a coupon in a coupon book.
I go every Thursday to this shopping center so we decided to give it a try and was pleased to see it was basically the same.
Allen ordered the Reuben (Hot corned beef, sauerkraut, thousand Island dressing and swiss cheese on rye) $11.50 with a side of Coleslaw ($1.25) and a diet fountain cola ($2.50) while I had the Rachel (Hot Pastrami, sauerkraut and melted cheese on rye) $11.50, Coleslaw ($1.25) and a cola ($2.50)
We decided to split the sandwiches. They were both piled high, in the center, making it a little difficult to handle but we managed. The Meat, at best luke warm, was tasty.
Though not a complete service restaurant the food is delivered to the table. You place your order and you pay at the cashier’s just telling what you had, which is, as far as I can tell, the honor system though the deli guy does write up a check when taking your order.
I don’t get the shouting of “Sunway” whenever a tip is put in the jar at the register–a reference to NYC? Or just advertising the Subway restaurants, which is what it made me think of when I heard it! LOL
Our bill came to $29.66 plus a couple of bucks in the jar and a “Subway”.
The New York Marina Deli does live up to the style of the Carnegie or Stage Delis in NYC but not as loud or crowded!

Green Bar & Garden Restaurant–review of vegetarian restaurant   Leave a comment

Okay vegetarians and vegans don’t get your knives out yet! In my defense, I probably eat more vegetables every day, 7 days a week than you do. With dinner I always eat a head of lettuce (all kinds) always with tomatoes and onions. I, easily, eat up to a pound of mixed vegetables, all varieties, except for oyster plant, in or with my supper.

I have been to 2-3 vegetarian/vegan restaurants and still don’t forgive Sublime for naming what they serve as carrot cake!

A veggie patty is NOT a BURGER!

I really do love veggies but I need/want beef/poultry/fish as a main course.

All right go ahead slice and dice me if you must. LOL

BurgerFi–restaurant review   Leave a comment

 Burger Fi April 2018

After the movie I was in the mood for a cheeseburger not having one in a while but instead of going along with my first instinct–Gilbert’s–and being just a couple of blocks away I suggested BurgerFi.

It has been 2 years since I have been to BurgerFi and it didn’t take me long to remember why. After I paid and went to get my soda ($2.76), which working the machine is a hassle in itself, I realized the woman behind the counter didn’t ask me how I wanted my cheeseburger ($7.37) cooked I went back to her and she told it only comes medium well or well done which is a deal breaker for me as I like my burgers rare to medium rare. Normally I would have canceled the order but, for whatever reason, maybe having just seen a bad movie, I didn’t. I also ordered a small fries ($3.17).

Oh yes, how could I forget? Instead of a sliced onion, which I love, they serve chopped onions which I don’t care for on a burger. Let’s not get into the fries which had a few burnt ones in the order, nor did I know you have a choice of salt or no salt on them.

The place was clean, the employees pleasant and many walked around checking if everything was all right, cleaning tables, etc.

I had three thoughts leaving BurgerFi with the first being that I have to remember not to go again and why don’t they take the next, and best, step going from a ‘fast casual restaurant’ to a full-service one? Also, how do you handle the tipping in a fast casual place with a tip jar?

Heart Rock Sushi–restaurant review   Leave a comment

 Heart Rock Sushi

I am not a sushi lover which may be one of the reasons it has taken me 23 years to get here. I worked a few doors down at Big Louie’s and never heard anything about the place, not even that they served anything but sushi, which I just learned recently.

I did eat many times at the Thai restaurant that closed last year and am a regular at 4 out of the 5 restaurants in the Gateway Shopping Plaza, soon to have a sixth one where the Thai place was and when I saw, painted on their window, that Heart Rock Sushi (now?) served Thai food we decided to give it a try.

There are certain items I will eat the first time in a restaurant that I am not familiar with such as fajitas in a Mexican restaurant and in the case of Thai food I go for the Pad Thai which is what I ordered here.

The Pad Thai with shrimp ($8.95) was okay but not good enough to want to try other items.

From other reviews I have read it seems the Heart Rock Sushi is a good place to go for sushi but, and, yes, it is just the basis of one item, I wouldn’t go back there.

Again let me say I am not a sushi lover and, maybe, this might be an unfair review but am just sharing my experience.

Posted April 23, 2018 by greatmartin in DINING REVIEW, FORT LAUDERDALE, Uncategorized

Bravo–restaurant revisited review–Fort Lauderdale   Leave a comment

Bravo Restaurant collage

It has been awhile since I have been to Bravo, actually 6 years, and at that time I wrote “It being Allen’s birthday we had 3 desserts–like we needed an excuse–having the coconut cake ($8.50), brownie bash (($9.95) and lemoncello ($8.50) with all 3 not that good and overpriced”, which still holds true with the lemoncellonow $8.75.

Actually one of the disappointments this time was the service. Dirty, empty dishes, which were put near the end of the table, were ignored though the server passed the table a few times, refills of drinks were never offered, the busboy served the main courses getting them wrong (though we were also wrong in that case as we took each other’s plates by mistake.) We asked for a couple of more garlic rolls

Allen had the Amiriglia on linguini ($13.95) a salad and a soda ($3) while I had the shrimp with rigatoni ($13.95) served with an almost excellent mussels and clams soup and regular coffee ($2.95.) Both main courses were okay but nothing to rave about.

Allen, forgetting he had it 6 years ago once again ordered the lemoncello tart ($8.75) while I ordered a dish of half pistachio and half vanilla ice cream ($6.25)

The reason we came to Bravo was I found a ‘pay $20 for $40 worth of food’ at With tip ($10) and tax ($2.94) minus the $40 our check came to $11.79

With Bistro Mezzaluna just a few blocks away I would have preferred going there and will in the future as the service and food are better and lunch prices about the same.

Galanga–restaurant review   Leave a comment

Buyer Beware!

Look at the dessert prices again! And that’s where the ‘buyer beware’ comes in. There is not a dessert list on the menu and the gentleman, who I believe was the sushi chef, said that among they desserts they had were the fried Tempura cheesecake and the fried donuts, one coming with ice cream and we ordered ice cream for the other. It is my fault for not asking the prices but by the same token why didn’t he tell us the price of each item? When a dessert price is equal to some main course prices and in a couple of items more than main course items on the menu maybe I wouldn’t be the only one feeling ripped off. Plus the fact, in the case of the fried donuts, the dessert very overpriced. A lunch for $27 each? Buyer beware. Seriously, without being snarky, what is and would be your reaction? :O)

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